With the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court, Florida lawmakers are commenting on what the right move forward should be.
Governor Rick Scott joined other Republicans in calling for a replacement to be swiftly made. In a statement, he explained that “We cannot delay having a solid justice and Senate Democrats should not try to play politics or obstruct this process. It’s imperative the next justice will uphold our Constitution and fairly and accurately interpret our laws.”
On the other hand, Senator Bill Nelson, is arguing that a replacement should not come until after the midterm elections by detailing that “Justice Kennedy was a balanced, consensus candidate nominated by President Reagan. I expect President Trump to do the same with his nomination.” Senator Nelson also added that he thinks “the American people should be given the opportunity to express their view in the upcoming election, and then have the Senate exercise its constitutional duties.”
However, Senator Marco Rubio alluded to a possible change in tackling Roe vs. Wade, which he calls “one of America’s most blatant instances of judicial activism.”
In a statement, Senator Rubio explained that “At a time when we need it more than ever, Justice Kennedy often spoke of the importance of civility in our political discourse and we are grateful for his years of service on the bench. Our nation was founded on the idea that all people have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With Justice Kennedy’s retirement, the Senate has the opportunity to confirm someone who is committed to protecting these rights through the principles of original intent and judicial restraint. I look forward to a fair and thorough confirmation process this fall.”